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Natural Dispute

Whether it's building a bridge, tapping natural resources, harvesting renewable resources or tackling climate change, no other issue has pitted government, business, citizens and scientists against each other as much as the environment.

Brave New Recycling Economy: Movement Turns Trash to Treasure

Brave New Recycling Economy: Movement Turns Trash to Treasure

SPIEGEL ONLINE - August 14, 2014

Every piece of garbage can be turned into raw material that can be used in future products. With his influential Cradle to Cradle movement, Germany's Michael Braungart espouses a form of eco-hedonism that puts smart production before conservation. By Michaela Schiessl more... Comment ]

Financial Scandal: Organizational Change Has Led to Chaos in Greenpeace

Financial Scandal: Organizational Change Has Led to Chaos in Greenpeace

SPIEGEL ONLINE - June 23, 2014

Last week, news emerged that a Greenpeace employee had lost millions in donor money through ill-conceived currency deals. Now the environmentalists are in danger of losing their biggest asset: their credibility. By Michaela Schiessl more... Comment ]

Hydropower Struggle: Dams Threaten Europe's Last Wild Rivers

Hydropower Struggle: Dams Threaten Europe's Last Wild Rivers

SPIEGEL ONLINE - January 17, 2014

Europe's last remaining wild rivers flow through the Balkans, providing stunning scenery and habitat to myriad plants and animals. But hundreds of dam projects threaten to do irreparable harm to the region's unique biospheres -- to provide much needed electricity to the people who live there. By Philip Bethge more... Comment ]

Dead Sea: Environmentalists Question Pipeline Rescue Plan

Dead Sea: Environmentalists Question Pipeline Rescue Plan

SPIEGEL ONLINE - December 19, 2013

An "historic" agreement between Israel, Jordan and the Palestinians is supposed to save the shrinking Dead Sea. But some environmentalists believe the plan to pump water from the Red Sea could do the salt lake more harm than good. By Julia Amalia Heyer and Samiha Shafy more... Comment ]

Taken By the Sea: Seal Pups Missing After Violent Winter Storm

Taken By the Sea: Seal Pups Missing After Violent Winter Storm

SPIEGEL ONLINE - December 10, 2013

Last week's winter storm appears to have taken its toll on the German island of Helgoland, where nearly 50 seal pups have since been reported missing. Officials there say they probably didn't survive. more...

Stumped: Black Forest Conservation Gets Controversial

Stumped: Black Forest Conservation Gets Controversial

SPIEGEL ONLINE - November 28, 2013

The regional Green government plans to create a national park in the northern Black Forest, much to the consternation of many locals. Although well-intentioned, the state project has unleashed a culture war. By Alexander Smoltczyk more... Comment ]

Living Large on a Little: Campgrounds Go Residential in Germany

Living Large on a Little: Campgrounds Go Residential in Germany

SPIEGEL ONLINE - November 27, 2013

An increasing number of people are moving to German campgrounds permanently to save money. The little communities of motorhomes and trailers offer a comfortable yet affordable lifestyle that residents say they couldn't find elsewhere. By Philipp Alvares de Souza Soares more... Comment ]

A Brighter, Dimmer Future: Germany's Saviors of the Night

A Brighter, Dimmer Future: Germany's Saviors of the Night

SPIEGEL ONLINE - November 08, 2013

The eastern German area of Westhavelland is blessed with magical night skies, darker than almost anyplace else in the country. A "dark-sky park" for amateur astronomers and nature lovers is in the works for the region, and idealists are championing efforts to reduce light pollution elsewhere. By Marco Evers more... Comment ]

Reality Check: Germany's Defective Green Energy Game Plan

Reality Check: Germany's Defective Green Energy Game Plan

SPIEGEL ONLINE - October 25, 2013

Germany pretends to be a pioneer in the green revolution. But its massively expensive Energiewende has done nothing to make the environment cleaner or encourage genuine efficiency. One writer argues: Either do it right, or don't do it at all. A Commentary By Alexander Neubacher more... Comment ]

Dinosaur Art: Images of a Prehistoric World

Dinosaur Art: Images of a Prehistoric World

SPIEGEL ONLINE - October 23, 2013

Douglas Henderson is probably the most important living paleoartist. Influenced by 19th-century landscape painting, he depicts a long-disappeared world. He tells SPIEGEL ONLINE about the stigma attached to his art -- and the trouble with ever-changing science. Interview Conducted By Frank Patalong more... Comment ]